I had a great weekend with my girlfriend at her college and did some portrait sketches of her while I was there. I also went to the MET with my brother and his girlfriend. The first two photos below are my own sketches and down further are the masterpieces at the MET. Most of the images are from the work of John Singer Sargent and Bouguereau (my two favorites). The rest of the images are a collection of other works that I liked, some of which I didn't record the artists name.
I put the finishing touches on this painting and signed it! I'm always very particular when I sign a painting and it usually takes me three or four times to get it just right. I had to erase this signature 4 times before I was happy with the way it looks. I also had to touch up the hand a bit even after I signed it. I guess the work never ends. I read that Bouguereau would continue to work on a painting even after it was framed!
I'll let this dry now before I varnish it. I have some commissions to work and I want to start another dog painting for the upcoming show at the Ridgewood Art Institute.
Day 5 on this painting and I'm nearing completion! I'll work on it for one or two more sessions then I'll sign it and let it dry.
Also, tomorrow is my first class at the Ridgewood Art Institute! I'm really excited to start teaching oil painting full time for young people. I'm also very honored to be teaching at the school where I first started oil painting. Anyone interested in more information about my class can find it HERE.